Flight Centre's Sam Locke interviewed Vanessa Carey of Anzcro Ski Express to get some inside info on what she loves about New Zealand, her favourite place for a ski holiday and her recommendations on what we should all do while we are there.
Vanessa is great value. We got along well because like myself she is a bit of a social media geek and a try hard skier. Vanessa is also (unlike myself) a mother who has travelled to New Zealand about 6 times both before and after children so has a great perspective on what to do for families and those who are still perhaps a little less responsible.
Where is your favourite place for a ski holiday in New Zealand?
Queenstown wins hands down! It is my favourite place for a ski holiday, I have been there four times and can't wait to get back this winter.
What is there to do in this location other than ski or snowboard?
Queenstown is promoted as the "Adventure Capital of the World." I can personally recommend the jet boating, white water rafting (even in winter), Nomads 4wd Safaris and the AJ Hackett ledge swing! Other activities that are on my ‘must do' list are Nevis snowmobile adventures, tandem sky diving, scenic helicopter flight, day trip to Milford Sound, bungy jumping, hot pools, wine tour, cruise on the spectacular Lake Wakatipu, hang gliding, gondola rides, cultural performances and quad biking. There are SO many adventure / family / romantic attractions that when I get through the current list there next list will be full very quickly! There really is something for everyone in and around Queenstown.
Are you a skier or snowboarder?
I'm a skier! I am not very good at it but it's quite exhilarating and the scenery in the Southern Lakes Region is magnificent!
What are the most important three things we should pack when we visit this destination?
If you are travelling in winter you must take:
3. A big warm jacket
....and your sense of adventure!!
Where is the best place to eat and what is the price range?
There are so many great restaurants and cafes in Queenstown but you cannot visit Queenstown without having a Fergburger! Ferburger is conveniently located on Shotover Street right in the heart of town. Eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, after a late night out or when your body needs replenishing the next day. The original Fergburger starts from only $10 up to goes up to $17 for the Big Al! My burger of choice is The Codfather which has Fresh Blue Cod, beer battered with Fergs dill tartare, lettuce, tomato, red onion & aioli Yummm. Ferburger is open 21 hours a day.
Are there couple / family / friend friendly variations of activities to do in this location?
There is something for everyone in Queenstown which is why it is one of the most visited cities in New Zealand's South Island.
For Couples I recommend a wine tour or visiting the Onsen Hot Pools who offer romantic candlelight & pamper packages.
For Families I recommend The Skyline Gondola with Luge rides - suitable for all ages the luge is 800 metres of fast paced fun once is never enough.
For Friends: I recommend trying one of the many bungy jumps - as taking a friend to hold your hand and for moral support is a necessity
What is your number one recommendation for travellers to this area?
Stay a few extra days! Don't just ski for 3, 5 or 7 days without allowing 2 or 3 days extra to do some of the many sightseeing activities on offer.